Refuge Management Academy


Target Audience:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff new to the National Wildlife Refuge System, including refuge operations specialists, wildlife biologists, outdoor recreation planners, and environmental education specialists. Note: Selection of participants is determined by a nomination process by each regional office; interested participants should contact their regional office to inquire how to be considered for nomination.

Summary and Objectives:

The Refuge Management Academy provides an overview of the programs, policies, issues, and mandates affecting the operation of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic skills in communications, conflict resolution and negotiations, team problem-solving, and media relations.
  • Identify the basic concepts and procedures for refuge compatibility determinations, refuge planning strategies, and refuge budgeting.
  • Describe the National Wildlife Refuge System's role and responsibilities for endangered species, migratory birds, biological diversity, fire management, wilderness management, cultural resources, public outreach, and visitor safety.
  • Describe Service philosophy, policy, legal mandates, and goals for managing the National Wildlife Refuge System.
  • Identify various techniques, procedures, and approaches that a refuge could develop and use in its resource management and public outreach programs.

Competency Addressed:

Client Engagement/Change Management - Awareness, Fire Management - Awareness, Outdoor Recreation Management - Basic, Program Management - Basic, Scope Management - Basic, Wildlife Biology - Awareness, Organizational Awareness - Basic

Course Short Name
Course Type
Course Category
Training Tuition Cost
76 hours
Training Credit Hours
Semester Hours

Questions and Registration

Upcoming Sessions of this Course

Session date and time
Location Classroom
Shepherdstown, WV

Session Contact


*DOI PIV card holders may use the button above to register for courses directly in DOI Talent. If you are not affiliated with DOI, follow instructions for External, Non-DOI learners to obtain an account. Need help for registration, contact session contact.